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Silber’s Dahl wins Stage 1 of the Tour of Utah

Canadian takes surprise first career victory

Kris Dahl, part of the all-Canadian Silber Pro Cycling team, took the sprint victory in the first stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Dahl takes the first yellow jersey of the race by grabbing his first career win in Cedar City.

The cyclists had 20 neutral kilometres in stunning Zion National Park before the official start of 135 racing kilometres.

Dahl’s teammate Matteo Dal-Cin got in the day’s breakaway, a quintet that pulled out almost 5:00 by the intermediate sprint. Dal-Cin tried to nab the sprint but Swiss Simon Pellaud (IAM Cycling) thwarted him.

The break lost a rider but headed up a two-step climb ahead of the Rally, Cannondale-Drapac and BMC-led pack. Colombian Daniel Jaramillo (UnitedHealthcare) was first over both the Cat. 4 Mammoth Creek and Cat. 3 Bristlecone peaks to wear the blue and white mountain jersey in Cedar City. After Bristlecone there were 30-km of descent and flat to the finish.

Pellaud and Dal-Cin would attack on the downhill and be the last fugitives to be swept up in the Cedar City finishing circuits with 5-km to go.

Trek and IAM mobbed the front inside the final 3-km. Robin Carpenter (USA/Holowesko-Citadel) shot out from the bunch and forced a gap inside the red kite but couldn’t hold it. Dahl powered his way to the front and held off Axeon-Hagens Berman’s Colin Joyce for the famous win.

Tuesday sees more climbing and two long circuits around Torrey, Utah in 159-km.

2016 Tour of Utah Stage 1
1) Kris Dahl (Canada/Silber) 3:07:19
2) Colin Joyce (USA/Axeon-Hagens Berman) s.t.
3) Rick Zabel (Germany/BMC) s.t.